College basketball: Hall leaves Wright St. to play at Bellarmine

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LOUISVILLE - Bellarmine University and men’s basketball coach Scott Davenport have announced the addition of Vance Hall and Alex Pritchett, transfers from Wright State University, to the Knights team beginning in the 2012-13 season. 

“Today we are adding two great players, but we are also adding two great teammates,” said Davenport. “They are a perfect fit for our program because they stand for everything that Bellarmine basketball is about.”

Hall is a graduate of Franklin County High School where he played for coach Scott Chalk. 

A 6-3 guard, he comes to Bellarmine after two years as a member of the Raider program where he saw action in 55 games over that span, starting 17 times as a sophomore. He averaged 3.0 points per game during his time at WSU, shooting 42.7 percent from the field, including 42.1 percent from behind the arc.

“I think Bellarmine will be a great fit for me, they get up and down the court and everyone shoots the ball well,” said Hall. “I also love that it is closer to home and my family will be able to come watch me play.”

 “Vance is just a hard-nosed, scrappy kid that is going to make his teammates better,” Chalk said. “He is great at attacking the rim and when he does he can pull up for a midrange jumper, finish through contact, or find an open teammate.”

Davenport believes that Hall has all the qualities to be an effective player in the GLVC. 

“He is just tough,” Davenport said. “He comes from a great high school and college program. The best thing is that his toughness and will to win transfers to his teammates.” 

As a three-year starter for the Flyers, Hall averaged 24.5, 8.1 rebounds, and 4.5 assists. Named the 11th Region Player of the Year as a senior, he played in the Kentucky-Indiana All-Star and Kentucky-Ohio All-Star games with current Knight Keisten Jones. 

“I’ve known Keisten and Chris (Dowe) for years and seen the success that they’ve had the last two years. I want to come help them win another championship,” Hall said.

Redshirting in his one year at Wright State, the 6-8, 240-pound Pritchett has four years of eligibility left. As a high school senior, Pritchett averaged 17 points and eight rebounds, and he teamed with Ryan Burton at Bedford-North Lawrence High School to help the Stars to a 19-3 record and the school’s first conference championship since the mid-1990s.

Pritchett and Hall did not plan to transfer together, but they visited together and could not pass up the chance to be a part of something special. 

“Once I decided to look at Bellarmine, I suggested Vance look there too,” commented Pritchett. “We both visited at the same time and just fell in love with the coaches, team and campus.”

Davenport hopes that Pritchett will provide a steady influence in the post. 

“Alex comes from a tremendous high school program. He possesses all the tools for an effective big man; he’s big and strong, has great hands, and a great feel on how to play the game.”

Pritchett’s high school coach, Jamie Hudson, sees a bright future for him at Bellarmine. 

“Alex is just a workhorse down low, physically strong and long. He’s everything you want in a low-post player. He and Ryan are complete opposite players but are great complements for each other.”

Hall and Pritchett will be the second and third members of the 2012 recruiting class, joining PRP guard Max Clemons. The trio will join a Bellarmine team coming off a 29-4 season and the program’s second consecutive NCAA Div. II Final Four appearance.

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